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4.09571428571429 out of 54.09571428571429 out of 54.09571428571429 out of 54.09571428571429 out of 54.09571428571429 out of 5 4.10 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The King Raven Trilogy Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781608142385
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Hood, the first installment of author Stephen R. Lawhead's newest trilogy, King Raven Trilogy, bears only a passing resemblance to the often-told story we know as Robin Hood. While the era is the same, along with some of the colorful characters within the story; Hood is a mixture of fantasy and historical fiction that creates an intense desire to hear what happens in book two of the series.

Bran ap Brychan is destined to take over the throne of Elfael from his father the king. When Norman invaders take over English rule, the king is killed in an attack along with most of his soldiers. With his homeland overrun by the enemy, Bran abandons his legacy and hides deep in the Welsh forest. His faith in the future has been tested many times by his losses, but he finds hope again with the help of a mystical woman who uses her powers to heal him body and soul.

As the narrator takes the listener to a time long past that is filled with magic and sorcery; young Bran begins to find his way back with the help of a tattered group of friends. Although hunted by the Normans as if he were an animal, his sense of justice slowly returns and fuels the desire to lead his countrymen to triumph. At times brutal, hopeful and funny; this tale of Wales in the year 1093 combines the political climate of lands ruled by royal bloodlines, with the primeval powers of an enchanted world.

Published in over 24 languages, the works of Stephen Ray Lawhead have captured the imagination of readers all over the globe. A native of Nebraska, born in 1950, he holds a Fine Arts degree. His first foray into the writing profession was in Chicago when he edited and wrote for Campus Life magazine. The author of dozens of novels and children's books, he and his family moved to Britain in 1986. When research for his Pendragon Cycle books was done, he stayed in England and currently resides in Oxford.

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.  Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood.  There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him - for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.  Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal - yet full of enchantment and hope.  Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fun read that will leave readers anxious for the next installment.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Robin Hood is born, along with Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Little John, in this highly imaginative, earthy adventure.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/31/2011

    " Engaging! I wish the pronunciation guide has been at the beginning of the book, not the END. Seriously, whose idea was that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 5/30/2011

    " Really liked it. This book got me hooked on this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/26/2011

    " Another hard to put down book - loved his ideas of Robin Hood! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2011

    " A unique spin on the Robin Hood legend, taken from many points of view. You can't help but get involved in the story, and you can identify with many of the characters on some level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 5/2/2011

    " For fans of Robin Hood, without the Disney aspects. This has a more historical fiction feel to it. Trilogy is very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 5/2/2011

    " I'll post a longer review on my blog, but I liked this book. Other readers complained that it dragged in the middle, but I found the transformation of the hero interesting, very mystical. The one disappointment was Merian. She was boring, boring, boring and a touch self involved. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as the King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King trilogies. Although born and raised in America, he was brought to England by his research into Celtic legend and lore and now resides in Oxford with his wife, writer Alice Slaikeu Lawhead.

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a full-time narrator with over 250 titles recorded for ncompanies such as HarperCollins, Recorded Books, Brilliance, Blackstone Audio, AudioGo, Tantor, Oasis, Audible, Highbridge, eChristian, Dreamscape, and Zondervan. He is the recipient of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for Voice Arts awards by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. He holds an MFA in acting from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.